American Jews Line Up Against the Trump Ban

by Ron Skolnik WITH NOT MUCH to smile about since Inauguration Day, it has been heartening to see the nearly undivided reaction of the American Jewish community to Donald Trump’s January 27 Executive Order (EO) on immigration and refugee admission – widely considered to constitute a Muslim ban. With one or two glaring exceptions — […]

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May 20: Vasco da Gama and Gaspar da Gama

Christian Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed in Calcutta on this date in 1498 and thereby established a sea route from Europe to the spice lands of India. Months later, while harboring his fleet in Anjediva, a small archipelago of five islands, he was greeted by a Jewish man of about 40 who said he […]

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Megaphone: Jacob Bender, a Jew Among American Muslims

Interviewed by Mitchell Abidor From the Winter 2013-2014 issue of Jewish Currents   WHEN JACOB BENDER WAS NAMED the director of the Philadelphia office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in September, he became the first American Jew ever to lead an American Muslim organization. The reaction was enthusiastic in the Muslim community, with […]

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